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UPDATE: Drug sweep targets dealers in Mercer County

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PRINCETON (WVVA) - More than 20 Mercer County drug dealers have been targeted by law enforcement in a countywide roundup.

The roundup began around 4:30 a.m. Friday and was conducted across the county, Mercer County Sheriff Don Meadows said.

The sweep was conducted by the Southern Regional Drug and Violent Crime Task Force, which is composed of officers from the West Virginia State Police, Mercer County Sheriff's Office, Bluefield PD, and Princeton PD -- as well as officers from McDowell and Wyoming counties.

Suspects were wanted on a variety of charges involving drugs including crack cocaine and prescription pills.

Bonds were being set at a minimum of $50,000, Meadows said. As many as 21 arrests are expected.

A total of 20 have been arrested. Following are the 13 names released to WVVA News:

  • Harry Thomas Hanley, 27 of Bluefield - Delivery of hydromorphone
  • Remuel Porterfield, 22 of Princeton - Delivery of cocaine
  • Jaumar Jones, 32 of Bluefield - Delivery of cocaine
  • Jimmy Dale Wright, 56 of Rock - Delivery of hydromorphone
  • Andre Byrant, 24 of Bluefield - Delivery of hydromorphone and cocaine
  • Eric Hendricks, 37 of Bluefield - Delivery of hydromorphone
  • Elijah Jones, 35 of McDowell County - Delivery of cocaine and heroin
  • Earl Sims, 38 of Bluefield - Delivery of cocaine
  • Ronald Hart, 42 of Montcalm - Delivery of hydromorphone
  • Gerald Browning, 46 of Montcalm - Delivery of hydromorphone
  • Travis Mullins, 21 of Montcalm - Delivery of hydromorphone
  • Darnell Younger, 25 of Bluefield - Delivery of crack-cocaine
  • Christopher Lee Thompson, 23 of Bluefield - Delivery of hydromorphone

Police are still searching for three individuals, believed to live in the Bluefield area:

  • Maurice 'Leir Jet' Gregory, is wanted for delivery of hydromorphone, cocaine and crack-cocaine.
  • CJ Martin is wanted for delivery of a controlled substance, hydromorphone, crack-cocaine and oxycodone.
  • 'VW,' real name unknown, is a male in his late 30s to mid 40s. His real name could be Kenneth or Kenny. He is wanted for delivery of hydromorphone.

Click here for more information on these wanted individuals. Anyone with information their whereabouts can contact the State Police at 304-425-2101.

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